Recovery and Special Care Baby Units
Intelligent Clothing wireless monitoring provides specific advantages for Recovery and Special Care wards. These wards are intended to foster understanding and bonding between mother and baby. Either one or both may be recovering from a life threatening event and it is essential that mother and baby have close contact for swift recovery.
Babies attached to machines by numerous wires cannot be easily cuddled, massaged or breast fed. Intelligent Clothing wireless technology enables mother-baby bonding.
Scafidi, Field and Schanberg have demonstrated that massaged preterms can gain up to 47% more weight than non-massaged preterms; they become more socially responsive and can be discharged up to 6 days early as a result of regular tactile-kinetic massage. Intelligent Clothing facilitates the massaging process.
SmartPatch and SmartBand monitoring for hospitalized babies can be transferred with them when they go home; the data being transmitted via the internet. Hence the hospital can release some patients earlier, confident that the same technical standard of monitoring in the ward will be maintained at home. This is particularly useful for patients returning home on oxygen therapy.
The 24/7 monitoring and historical analysis features of Intelligent Clothing and Care Control Software enables the patient's doctor, the consultant and the relevant insurance company to objectively assess a patient's condition prior to admission. This objectivity will include a graphic display of the patient's cardio-respiratory, oximetry and temperature physiology over time, correlated with intervention procedures and drug prescription.